When you're preparing a special meal, you'll want to buy special meat. That's why the fine cut and prepared meats at Charlie's Butcher Block are perfect for any occasion in Elkhart.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Charlie's Butcher Block encourages purchasing canned foods because they offer such convenience. They let you decide what you want to eat when you want it, as the food doesn't spoil quickly.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
Great spices and seasoning will up the flavor in everything you make.
Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to one of the freshly baked sandwiches from Charlie's Butcher Block.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Charlie's Butcher Block and slurp your way to happiness.
A sandwich playground, aka deli, can make for the perfect meal. Don't let your next playground experience go without this deli item.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
You'll love the selection of coffee and teas at Charlie's Butcher Block, decaffeinated options available, too!
Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
More often than not, their patrons leave with the best, delicious meats the city has to offer.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Charlie's Butcher Block and get creative with your sandwiches.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Charlie's Butcher Block.
If you are concerned about parking, you shouldn't be. There are plenty of parking options in the area.
Whether you're looking for premium beef or succulent pork, they've got it all at Charlie's Butcher Block in Elkhart.
Create your own sandwich or choose one of the signature sandwich options at Kroger.
For fresh and tender meat that slides right off the bone, head on over here and browse the latest selection of meats.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Kroger for all your protein and calcium needs.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Kroger has to offer.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Kroger.
Fight for your free time by utilizing the modern convenience of frozen food, which promises to maximize your time.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Kroger has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
For cool, refreshing H20, Kroger's got you covered.
The canned food selection at Kroger is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Get your noodle on! Kroger has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
The area has many parking options for customers.
Antonio's Restaurant does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
Guess what? Antonio's Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Antonio's Restaurant's private rooms are a great venue to host any occasion.
Antonio's Restaurant is home to many techies who enjoy the affordable wifi.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Antonio's Restaurant's gorgeous patio.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Antonio's Restaurant's style.
Catering services are also available.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Antonio's Restaurant for easy access to parking lots.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Antonio's Restaurant — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
For prime Italian fare, Antonio's Restaurant is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
The best flavors of Italy await you at Antonio's Restaurant, so try them out today.
Munch on tasty pub grub at SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL in Concord.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
When the weather is nice, hurry to SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL to grab a spot on the patio.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL with their complimentary wifi.
SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL.
Wear what you like when you dine at SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
The parking lot near SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL will have you in and out in a jiffy.
SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
At SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL, you can score inexpensive fare and leave with a full stomach.
For an indulgent meal of classic pub food, SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB and GRILL is the place to bring your best buds for a night out.
McCarthy's On The Riverwalk knows how to keep the puffs and pastries coming out fresh — this Elkhart bakery brings in some of the best reviews in the business.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this bakery has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this bakery.
At McCarthy's On The Riverwalk, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at McCarthy's On The Riverwalk.
Be sure to check out McCarthy's On The Riverwalk's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Formal attire is required so that you can look as nice as your meal does.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this bakery also offers delivery and take-out options.
Throwing a big party? Count on McCarthy's On The Riverwalk to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to McCarthy's On The Riverwalk.
You won't need to save up for a trip to McCarthy's On The Riverwalk — most meals cost less than $15.
There's no better place to go to get your pastry confections than McCarthy's On The Riverwalk's exquisite bakery.
Everyone loves a tasty treat, and the baked goods at McCarthy's On The Riverwalk are no exception. Spoil yourself silly with a trip today.
Pop over to Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant is home to many techies who enjoy the affordable wifi.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the pizzeria and easily park nearby.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
At Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Colombo's Pizza and Restaurant?
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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